Today's News

  • MVCHS announces retirement of longtime contributor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Mora Valley Community Health Services, Inc. would like to announce the retirement of Lorraine French after 30 years of service to MVCHS and the Mora Community.

    Lorraine started working for MVCHS on Feb. 22, 1988, as a Home Health Aide, in the newly established Caridad de San Antonio Agency.

    French was the seventh employee hired by MVCHS and during her 30 years she worked under six different directors.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 23, 2018

    The sports world will miss Joe Singleton, a former Highlands University athletic director who brought a great deal of expertise to the sports programs.

    Shortly before his move to take a similar job at University of California-Davis, Joe was handed the microphone at halftime of a Cowboy homecoming football game.

  • Opioid lawsuits abound, hit close to home

    The opioid epidemic is being litigated big-time.

    Here in Santa Rosa, in Guadalupe County, both county and city officials have been approached by attorneys about suing the pharmaceutical industry for saturating the nation with their painkillers and downplaying their addictive qualities.

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is building a case to represent not only the state but all localities around the state. But these days they are having to sell their representation to local officials.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 23, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 23, 2018.

  • Prowling for championships

    The Pecos High School cheer squad has been a steady source of enthusiasm.

    This weekend, the spotlight is on them.

    Pecos will look to defend its state 3A cheer title this Friday and Saturday at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit.

    West Las Vegas, which won the 4A co-ed cheer category, will also seek a repeat, while Robertson, one of the programs on the rise in both cheer and dance, looks to make some noise as well.

    Check lasvegasoptic.com for updates Friday and Saturday.

  • Dons football sends three to college ranks

    For the first time — certainly in recent history — three West Las Vegas football players from the same graduating class are set to go on to play at the next level.

    David Romero, Steven Sandoval and Cassius Trujillo have signed national letters of intent, committing to continue their gridiron careers at Bethany College, Tabor College and Eastern New Mexico University, respectively.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, March 25-28

    SUNDAY (March 25)

    • NMHU at Regis, noon, Denver
    • NMHU vs. Metro State (DH), 11 a.m., Cowgirl Field


    • West Las Vegas at St. Michael’s (DH), 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • Mora vs. Jemez Valley (DH), 3 p.m., Mora
    • West Las Vegas JV vs. St. Michael’s, TBA
    • Robertson, West Las Vegas at Hope Christian, 8 a.m., Albuquerque

  • Fulgenzi shining in San Antonio

    Warren Fulgenzi Jr.’s excellence on the tennis court hasn’t missed a beat as he’s transitioned from high school to college.

    Fulgenzi, a sophomore, earned Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors recently for Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Fulgenzi won in both singles and doubles against Sul Ross State and University of the Southwest.

    Our Lady of the Lake competes in the NAIA.

  • Power trip: Hard-hitting Lady Cards sweep home debut

    McKayla Encinias smashed two home runs and two doubles in game one of Robertson softball’s doubleheader sweep of Kirtland Central (2-9) on Wednesday at RHS Field.

    The Lady Cardinals (5-4) combined for three homers and nine doubles in a 16-1 romp that ended after four innings. They went on to a 6-2 win in game two to complete the sweep.

    Kendra Duran went the distance in the pitcher’s circle in game one and allowed four hits and one earned run; she struck out seven.

  • Right on track: Coca, Montoya, Aparicio-Blythe win multiple events

    Angelica Montoya triumphed in two throwing events, Tonati Aparicio-Blythe crossed the finish line first in the 800 and won the triple jump, and Pecos boys’ runners led by Isaiah Armijo monopolized the top five in the 2-mile to highlight this past weekend’s Rattler Relays in Tucumcari.